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Women in the Night (1948)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Thriller | 2 January 1948 (USA)
As World War II nears its end, beautiful women forced to serve as sex slaves in a German officer's club, do what they can to destroy the plans of a cosmic death ray.

Director:

William Rowland

Writers:

William Rowland (original story), Maude Emily Glass (adaptation) | 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tala Birell ... Yvette Aubert
William Henry ... Major Von Arnheim
Richard Loo ... Colonel Noyama
Virginia Christine ... Claire Adams
Bernadene Hayes ... Frau Thaler (as Bernadine Hayes)
Gordon Richards ... Colonel Von Meyer
Frances Chung Frances Chung ... Li Ling
Jean Brooks ... Maya
Kathy Frye ... Helen James
Helen Mowery ... Shiela Hallett
Benson Fong ... Chang
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Mrs. Angela James
Frederick Giermann Frederick Giermann ... Major Eisel
Philip Ahn ... Professor Kunioshi (as Phillip Ahn)
Arno Frey Arno Frey ... Field Marshall Von Runzel
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The war in Europe is over, the Japanese are about to surrender after the Nagasaki bombing, but a group of die-hard German Nazis are holding on in Shanghai, protecting an ingenious invention of mass destruction - a cosmic ray generator that is 1000 times more deadly than the A-bomb. Col. Von Meyer is about to pass the secret of the weapon to Col. Noyoma, as Japan is still at war, and will use it to revenge their recent losses. However, Field Marshal Von Runzel arrives with precise orders to the contrary: the Japanese shall not have the secret weapon, for an underground Nazi ring is to use it later in another attempt to destroy all the Allied Nations, and conquer the world in a third Worl War. Von Meyer decides to create a diversion, and to offer the Japanese scientist and officers some "evening entertainment" at the German Officers' Club. Thaler, the female German Officer, is to bring in a number of women - arrested on trumped up charges at the Shanghai University - dress them up, and ... Written by Artemis-9

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Unspeakable atrocities! See more »

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Action | Drama | Thriller | War

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Release Date:

2 January 1948 (USA) See more »

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When Men Are Beasts See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Awful
9 June 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

It took me a while to figure out that this movie is set in Shanghai, some time during the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The German military establishment (!) masquerading as a hospital is working on a "Cosmic Death Ray", which they are supposed to share with Japan, but do not wish to. They have also arrested half a dozen women of all nations, who are intended to act as dates for high-ranking officials.... when they are not killing German and Japanese officers as part of the Underground.

This mess was directed in Mexico by William Rowland, and it is a mess. Intended to leer at the Production Code, it has some pretty women dressed in elegant evening gowns, one pair of women who seem to be engaged in a Lesbian relationship, and several Chinese-American actors, like Richard Loo and Philip Ahn, who made a living during the War playing despicable Japanese officers, still playing those roles. The only explanation for this production is that it sat around for three years, was minimally revised, and produced in a hurry. That may be an explanation, but it's no excuse.


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